Nvidia’s RTX 30 Series GPUs are already on their way to laptops: the company announced its latest notebook graphics units at this year’s CES, building on the company’s Ampere architecture, similar to the desktop models unveiled this fall. The first laptops with the new RTX 30 chips are expected to hit the market later this month. But Nvidia also had something new for desktops, pulling the cover off the cheapest RTX 30 series graphics card in the form of the RTX 3060.
NOTEBOOK RTX TRIO
Notebook manufacturers can choose from three new graphics units, the RTX 3080, 3070 and 3060 also come with a release labeled “Laptop GPU”, although the names can be a bit misleading, as notebook variants of the cards, like AnandTech points out, chances are they don’t always build on the same GPU as their desktop counterparts available under a similar name – though the manufacturer hasn’t revealed all the details about the products yet.
The trio’s most powerful piece, the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, for example, says the paper uses the GA104 GPU, which may also be familiar from the desktop 3070. All 48 SMs in the chip are active, with peak peaks ranging from 1245 to 1710 megahertz. The graphics unit can be equipped with up to 16 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory as required by the manufacturers. Memory clocks are not yet known, but TDP is known to be shot by notebook manufacturers at 80 to 150 watts. From the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Nvidia promises impressive “1440p / 100 + FPS” performance with “ultra” pulled graphics settings – of course, it’s worth waiting for sharp tests for accurate values. The RTX 3080 notebooks are expected to start at a net price of $ 2,000.
The line continues with the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, which also builds on the GA104 chip, albeit on a slightly recoiled version with 40 active SMs. The peak signal here can be shot between 1290 and 1620 megahertz by manufacturers, and the TDP can range between 80 and 125 watts. Users of notebooks equipped with the RTX 3070 need to “only” have 8 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory. Here, the company is also talking about a 90-FPS frame rate at 1440p resolution for “ultra” display during gaming, and the recommended end-user startup for chip-enabled laptops will be $ 1,300 net.
The third innovation is the RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, which builds on a new, largely unknown graphics unit – the same works in the newly announced desktop version of the RTX 3060. The GPU has 30 active SMs and a peak range of 1283 to 1703 megahertz. The unit comes with 6 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory and a TDP of between 60 and 115 watts. The entry model is already intended for Full HD gaming by the manufacturer, by the way, the best starting net price from the trio for laptops equipped with 3060 is a net thousand dollars.
Of course, the new GPUs will make Ampere architecture capabilities available in notebooks as well, including support for HDMI 2.1 embedded to drive 120K 4K displays and even 8K panels, and support for AV1 decoding. The first notebooks with the new RTX 30 chips will be available from January 26th.
NEW DESKTOP ENTRY
In addition to notebook graphics, Nvidia has also introduced the aforementioned desktop RTX 3060 card, a new entry model for RTX cards. With a net suggested retail price of $ 330, the RTX 3060 could be the mass card for the 30 Series – though not all the details of the upcoming product are yet known. At the same time, it is already clear that the device is based on a new GPU that also works in the notebook variant, with 28 active SMs, which means a total of 3584 FP32 CUDA cores. The GPU has a base range of 1.32 and a peak range of 1.78 gigahertz, which is According to AnandTech the RTX 3060 Ti shader, already introduced in the fall, will be enough for 80 percent of its texturing performance.
As for VRAM, however, Nvidia did not restrain itself, the manufacturer immediately packed 12 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory into the access card – significantly more than the 8 gigabytes of the much more expensive RTX 3070, but even 10 gigabytes of memory that doubles the price of the 3060. far exceeds, which is an interesting decision for the company. The clock of the memory is not yet known here. As usual, the more modest card has a more subdued TDP, 170 watts – 200 watts for the 3060 Ti. The cards are expected to be monitored by three DisplayPorts and an HDMI socket, of course the exact connection configuration may vary according to the card manufacturers’ ideas.
Nvidia from its own camp is usually trying to get the owners of GTX 1060 cards two generations earlier to replace the new model, compared to which the new model promises about twice the performance of Full HD gaming, complemented by the above-mentioned capabilities of Ampere cards. The desktop RTX 3060 will be available from the end of February.
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